13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are [a]perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;
This is the time that everyone makes resolutions on how they will be improving during the coming year. I don't know about you, but how has that worked out in the past? Mine, not so much.
So instead of making a resolution this year I instead want to have an attitude...a mindset. Promises have not worked in the past..it is doubtful they will work in the future. What I really want to do is wait for God...not just wait, but wait expectantly. There is a big difference.
Paul said to the Philippians that he is continuing to press on. He had not attained his goal yet, but he pressed on in order that he might attain it..in God's time. What is we had the same attitude? What is we forgot the past? What if we realized that we have not attained our goal, and that we can never attain our goal with out God's help? Would that change our attitude? Of course it would! I might add that it takes the pressure off of us and puts it squarely on God...just where it needs to be!
So clearly, my exhortation to you is to not even make a resolution. But my all means, keep on pressing forward with the expectancy that Paul had. Knowing that God is in control and HE will guide you and make you the kind of person HE wants ...the kind of person He needs you to be. Just the kind of person you want to be!
So remember: The best resolution is not...
Happy New Year!